Demons must lift pressure

Holly Guerra and White Hills' Michelle Atherton.
Holly Guerra and White Hills' Michelle Atherton.

WHITE Hills coach Jody Chant believes her team will need to step up its pressure if the Demons are to beat reigning premiers Colbinabbin on Saturday.

With the Heathcote District netball finals getting underway this weekend, the fight for the premiership heats up.

The Demons finished the season with 11 wins, but lost both their games against the Grasshoppers.

Chant said it would be a difficult game, but her A-grade team had the confidence and ability to take it up to Colbinabbin.

“If we can shut down Louise Dupuy and stop the ball getting to her we are in with a chance,” she said.

“Our shooting accuracy has been good in the second half of the season, so we are aiming to continue that this weekend.”

Chant said White Hills had a lot of players who had experienced finals netball.

“We have a long history that we can draw on. Hopefully, that experience can hold us in good stead," she said.

Colbinabbin playing coach Olivia McEvoy said for the first time this season she would have a full list of players to pick from for the qualifying final.

“As we have all year, we haven’t been training together during the week, it has all been about the game day,” McEvoy said.

“We will prepare as we would any other week.”

McEvoy said the Grasshoppers' team had a lot of versatility, with several players able to play in multiple positions on court.

“We haven’t had much consistency with players, so to have the chance to pick from a full team is great,” McEvoy said.

Colbinabbin take on White Hills on Saturday at Toolleen at 3pm.

Mount Pleasant faces Lockington-Bamawm United in the elimination final on Sunday at Lockington at 3pm.  


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